a monthly e-newsletter for Delaware's early childhood and school age programs

   April 2018
You're here for Delaware's children and families. 
We're here for YOU! 

"Making a Difference" Conference
April 13th & 14th

Time is running out to reserve your spot at the "Making a Difference" Conference to be held on April 13th and 14th.  

Call Tara Horwitz on 302-831-6764 to sign up.

The annual conference for early childhood professionals will be at the DTCC Terry Campus in Dover.  
Workshop Improving Administrators Focus

This spring, we will be offering several opportunities to participate in "Child Assessment for Administrators: Polishing the Lens."  This professional development event is the first of three assessment modules that are designed to support administrators' understanding of the comprehensive assessment system, and its relationship to children's learning.

Click here to sign up.
Teaching Gold Strategy Sessions Added to Calendar
DIEEC PD has added additional Implementing Teaching Strategies GOLD sessions.  

They are:
Saturday, May 12th 
9:30-4:00 p.m.
New Castle County 
(University of Delaware Downtown Center 12th 8th St Wilmington DE 19801)

Tuesday, May 8th
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Kent County
(Polytech High School, 823 Walnut Shad Road, Woodside, DE 19980)

If you are interested in registering for this class you can contact Tara Horwitz at 302-831-6764.

Language Development Guide
NAEYC recently featured on its website a quick and simple language and development guide.  It provides 12 ways to support language development for infants and toddlers.  It's user friendly so that parents can use it too.

Click   here for the guide.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood Turns 50!
In 1968 Mister Rogers Neighborhood debuted on PBS. Fred Rogers and this program is at the forefront of talking about emotions with young children while encouraging creativity through "Make Believe Land." Millions of adults remember Mister Rogers for his enduring commitment to caring about children through honoring their childhood with honesty and authenticity.  

Like Mister Rogers mentions in the video, we thank you, the care givers, for all you do for the Delaware's children!

Tips for Making Screen Time Valuable
The reality is that children of all ages are going to spend some time on a device or in front of a T.V.  This  article provides five ways screen time can benefit children and families. 

Inaugural deaeyc Aspire Conference
Mark your calendar for the first daeyce Aspire Conference to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Middletown High School.  

Details are included   here.
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Provider Spotlight: Family Child Care Programs
Round Up of our Family Child Care Stars

This year marks that tenth anniversary of Delaware Stars.  To celebrate, we will spotlight you and your feedback on what you've learned and accomplished through your relationship with Stars.  

Following are testimonials from some of our family child care providers along with a video marking the tenth anniversary.  

"I believe children learn through play.  I have learned through Delaware Stars to implement lesson plans and a curriculum which will allow the children to enjoy learning because common core standards, such as math, science, language arts, social studies are implemented in our play time." 

Alisa Waples
Lisa's Lullabies Learning Center

"Being involved with Delaware Stars keeps me up to date on all of the latest early learning techniques.  I implement a curriculum to get children ready for kindergarten.  I also care for my children in a loving and safe environment to give them the social and emotional skills to thrive." 

Marlette Lofland

"At Pooh's Place, we strive to provide and maintain a healthy and safe physical environment.  We are always searching for new and different ways to implement fun, and creative ideas to improve our program.   We promote cognitive, social and emotional and physical development of young children in a safe and nurturing environment.  Through our "village" of resources, including Delaware Stars, we maintain a high quality program where children enjoy learning new things through our activities, resources and community involvement."

Jamie Webb
Pooh's Place

We would love to feature you.  Please contact  Lin Nordmeyer , to showcase your program in an upcoming REACH.
Stars News
Join Us for a "Community Conversation"
The Office of Early Learning, the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, Purchase of Care, and the Office of Child Care Licensing cordially invite you to attend a Community Conversation  meeting . These events will give you an update on the work these agencies are doing to ensure children and their families receive high quality early education and services to support children's growth and development and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions.

We want to hear from you! What is working well in your program? How can we support you differently? Your feedback is important and we want to provide you with an opportunity to speak directly with us on ways that we can continue to work collaboratively and best support your programs.

Please join the following people on the dates and locations below.
  • Dr. Kimberly Krzanowski, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, Delaware Department of Education
  • Kristy Sheffler, Director, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, Delaware Stars
  • Belvie Herbert, Social Services Administrator, Purchase of Care, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Betty Gail Timm, Administrator, Office of Child Care Licensing
For your convenience, meetings will be held in four locations throughout our state.

April 17th - 6:00-8:00PM

Wilmington Location - TBD

May 8th - 6:00-8:00PM

Kent County Location - TBD


May 9th - 6:00-8:00PM

Georgetown Public Library

123 West Pine Street

Georgetown, DE 19947

May 22nd - 6:00-8:00PM

Delaware State Police - Troop 2

100 Lagrange Avenue
Newark, DE 19720

Be on the lookout for an invitation including locations and further details.

Announcing Stars Blog - "Coach's Corner"

We are excited to feature TA Meghan Pallante in "Coach's Corner," a blog that will provide you with new and different approaches to delivering quality care.  Meghan will provide new content bimonthly with practical suggestions for implementing into your practice.  

Meghan has been a Stars TA for five years and has a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  She has two small children, Eva and Roman, so she knows firsthand the importance of quality childcare.

To follow Meghan, please join our Facebook group by clicking here.

Mark Your Calendar - Celebrate With Us! 
"The Week of the Young Child" 
April 16th - 20th
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. 

Each day of the week has themed ideas with resources to help you execute on the NAEYC website. Take photos and share on social media using #woyc18.

And don't forget to follow Delaware Stars.  We will be joining in on the celebration with posts.

Children's Book Week 
April 30th - May 6th

We can't wait to celebrate Children's Book Week with you.  Register here to have a guest reader from Stars come to your program and share a story with your children.  Plus we will donate the book to you children.

Stay tuned for more exciting details for this special celebration.

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Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
Delaware Stars for Early Success
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